No. 8 Alabama (13-1) at Arkansas (11-3)
Tipoff: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
Alabama lineup: F Alonzo Gee, 6-6, So., 14.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg.; F Richard Hendrix, 6-8, So., 15.3 ppg., 9.2 rpg.; C Jermareo Davidson, 6-10, Sr., 14.8 ppg., 9.5 rpg.; G Mykal Riley, 6-6, So., 12.4 ppg., 5.8 rpg; G Ronald Steele, 6-3, Jr., 10.9 ppg., 4.7 assists.
Arkansas lineup: F Charles Thomas, 6-8, Jr. 12.8 ppg., 5.4 rpg.; F Sonny Weems, 6-6, Jr., 11.7 ppg., 4.4 rpg C Steven Hill, 7-0, Jr., 5.4 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 2.9 blocks; G Gary Ervin, 6-0, Jr., 8.9 ppg, 4.8 assists; G Patrick Beverley, 6-1 Fr., 13.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg.
Noteworthy: This is the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. ... Last season, Alabama and Arkansas finished tied for second in the SEC Western Division at 10-6. ... This game represents something of a homecoming for Mykal Riley, a junior college transfer and a Pine Bluff, Ark., native. ... Alabama and Arkansas split the season series last year with Alabama winning the opener at home 78-75 and Arkansas taking the next matchup 65-63. ... Guard Ronald Steele had 25 points in the first meeting with Arkansas last year and 29 in the second.
- Josh Cooper, Daily Sports Writer
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